This insanely gorgeous home has an amazing story behind it.

Fonthill was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms. The interior was originally painted in pastel colors, but age and sunlight have all but eradicated any hint of the former hues. It contains much built-in furniture and is embellished with decorative tiles that Mercer made at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is filled with an extensive collection of ceramics embedded in the concrete of the house, as well as other artifacts from his world travels, including cuneiform tablets discovered in Mesopotamia dating back to over 2300 BCE. The home also contains around 1,000 prints from Mercer’s extensive collection, as well as over six thousand books, almost all of which were annotated by Mercer himself.

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A great post about lines of action, dynamism, negative space, silhouettes, twinning and composition with tons of examples Here

thanks Ron!

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okay so i made a masterpost of art references/tutorials for my own future reference but they might be helpful to some of you guys too idk

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Creepiest Business Card Ever

This card, advertising the engraving and printing services of one A.G. Gedney of Washington, D.C., contains about twenty hairs from the head of President Abraham Lincoln and that’s not actually the creepiest part:

Hair side reads:

Cut from the head of Abraham Lincoln by Dr. Brown the Embalmer and given by him to Mr. Gedney of Washington; Cut from the vicinity of the wound.

Ew. Non-hair side reads:

A.G. Gedney, Copper, Steel & Lithographic Engraving & Printing. Washington. 466 Penna. Avenue.

So, questions: why was Dr. Brown the Embalmer handing out locks of Lincoln’s hair? Did Gedney buy it? Was hair “cut from the vicinity of the wound” more expensive that non-wound-related hair? Did Gedney think Presidential Hair Business Cards (did he have more than one?) would get him more engraving business?

These are questions which demand answers!

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Rare Books Dept. Prints and Ephemera. Judd Stewart collection

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